Björn Hartmann is Faculty Director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

His research in Human-Computer Interaction focuses on novel design, prototyping, and implementation tools for the era of post-personal computing. His group investigates how better software and hardware can facilitate the exploration of interactive devices that leverage novel form factors and technologies (e.g., sensors and actuators). They also investigate how software can help students, designers, and makers to learn and share their expertise online.

He received his PhD from the Stanford Computer Science department in 2009, as well as an MSE in Computer and Information Science and Undergraduate Degrees in Digital Media Design and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He is a Qualcomm Faculty Fellow and has received an NSF CAREER award, Sloan fellowship, and Okawa research award.

At the Institute, Hartmann oversees the Institute’s curriculum, public programs, and maker space, rethinking the nature of hands on learning in the twenty first century.